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Amtrak is back at the drawing board with plans for a fencing project along the Hudson River. Railroad officials say the project is to improve safety and will include preserving public access to the river. Elected officials and environmentalists are concerned about just how much access will be included, and what it will look like.

Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan kayaking
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This year marks the 50th anniversary of the National Environmental Policy Act. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with Scenic Hudson President Ned Sullivan about how the nonprofit played a role then and what it’s doing today.

Scenic Hudson Closes Mount Beacon Park Amid Pandemic

Mar 28, 2020
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Scenic Hudson has closed one of its parks to protect public health and prevent further spread of COVID-19.

Ulster County Exec's Address Concentrates On Youth

Jan 30, 2020
WAMC, Allison Dunne

Ulster County Executive Pat Ryan delivered his first state-of-the-county address Thursday at his alma mater — Kingston High School. He focused on reinvigorating opportunities for the next generation.

NY Gov Proposes Mid-Hudson Valley Land Preservation

Jan 7, 2020
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As part of the State of the State address he’ll deliver Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo aims to preserve 4,000 acres in the mid-Hudson Valley.

Scenic Hudson, Dutchess County Secure Rail Corridor

Dec 12, 2019
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Scenic Hudson and Dutchess County have acquired a rail corridor that will enable the creation of a trail in Poughkeepsie, linking the city and town.

Scenic Hudson Acquires Large Property In Kingston

Oct 31, 2019
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Scenic Hudson has acquired more than 500 acres along the Hudson River, mainly in Kingston. It’s the first step toward providing a public park for urban residents. More than a mile of the land will become part of the Empire State Trail.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Dutchess and Ulster County executives say they will take legal action in support of New York state’s lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's decision on General Electric’s Hudson River PCB cleanup. Some cities, towns and villages in the two counties are lending their support as well.

A number of local legislators want Dutchess County to reduce its use of fossil fuels. To this end, they have submitted a resolution setting specific targets, and are using a county across the river as an example.

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New York state is suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over General Electric’s PCB cleanup in the Hudson River. The state threatened the action earlier this year and made it official Wednesday.

Dutchess Closes On Park Property

May 22, 2019

In New York, Dutchess County has acquired land from Scenic Hudson to create an accessible park for people of all abilities.

DEC Adds To State Forest In Columbia County

Apr 23, 2019
Courtesy of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation has acquired two properties in Columbia County.

A study commissioned by environmental group Scenic Hudson shows PCBs have re-contaminated dredged areas of the upper Hudson River. A spokesman for the company responsible for the cleanup refutes the study’s results. This comes as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is considering whether to deem the PCB cleanup project complete.

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An environmental group in the Hudson Valley has released a study on the risks of oil spills in the Hudson River. Scenic Hudson commissioned the study that looks at threats at nine locations between Yonkers and Albany.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers delivered a presentation in Poughkeepsie Wednesday to a packed room at a community center. Army Corps officials spoke about six conceptual plans to manage storm risk for an area that includes the Hudson River. Environmental groups are concerned.

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The Ulster County executive is calling on two state agencies to work on policy changes to prevent energy projects like one proposed in his county from ever taking shape. Meantime, a spokesman says the proposed project would reduce the region’s reliance on large fossil fuel power plants.

Courtesy of the Town of Germantown

An Amtrak proposal to install fencing and gates near the Hudson River at sites in Columbia and Dutchess Counties is drawing opposition and a call for public hearings. Amtrak contends the fencing would keep out trespassers and enhance safety, while opponents say the fencing would limit access to the river and impact revitalization plans.

EPA Expands Scope of Hudson River PCB Cleanup Analysis

Jan 30, 2018
Dredging of the Hudson River
EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that it will work with the New York state Department of Environmental Conservation to evaluate sediment samples from the upper Hudson River. EPA is studying the river and reviewing public input before deciding whether General Electric’s PCB cleanup is complete.

EPA Delays Decision On GE's Hudson River PCB Cleanup

Jan 8, 2018
Dredging of the Hudson River
EPA

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has informed General Electric that its decision about whether to formally determine that the Upper Hudson River PCB cleanup is complete is delayed. Meantime, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sent a letter to the EPA, saying additional cleanup would accelerate recovery of the river and its resources.

Dredging of the Hudson River
EPA

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has been unveiling proposals from his State of the State address set for January 3. His second proposal is about protecting the Hudson River. He and state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman vow to sue the federal Environmental Protection Agency if it deems PCB dredging to be complete.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

There was a two-day workshop this week in Poughkeepsie that was part of a formal U.S. Coast Guard study to look into safety along the Hudson River. The directed study came after the Coast Guard suspended the rulemaking process for a proposal of up to 10 additional anchorage sites between Yonkers and Kingston in June.

Richard Zayas, Courtesy of Scenic Hudson

Construction will soon begin on a trail project at one of the country’s top hiking attractions in the Hudson Highlands. It’s a major undertaking involving 16 partners from the state level to community organizations.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The Dutchess County Executive and local leaders went to the Poughkeepsie waterfront Monday, calling on the Environmental Protection Agency to require more PCB cleanup of the Hudson River. This comes as the agency considers public comment on its five-year review.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney Monday announced next steps regarding the suspended U.S. Coast Guard proposal for anchorage sites along the Hudson River. WAMC’s Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne reports from the Newburgh waterfront.

WAMC, Allison Dunne

The federal Environmental Protection Agency held a public meeting Wednesday night in Poughkeepsie concerning PCB cleanup in the Hudson River. Several people in the packed room called for more cleanup.

USCG Suspends Hudson River Anchorages Proposal

Jun 29, 2017
WAMC, Allison Dunne

The U.S. Coast Guard has shelved future rulemaking decisions regarding additional anchorages on the Hudson River. Hudson Valley Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney, who first announced the news Wednesday, calls it a major victory. Others view the move more cautiously.

EPA Says PCB Cleanup Is Working, Others Disagree

Jun 1, 2017
WAMC Photo by Dave Lucas

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Thursday released its second review of the cleanup of PCBs from the upper Hudson River. The review concludes that the $1.7 billion cleanup of the Superfund site is working. Several environmental groups and lawmakers from New York disagree, saying more dredging is needed.

Hudson Valley To Hold Sister Climate Marches

Apr 28, 2017

The Hudson Valley is the site of at least two sister marches to the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. Saturday.

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Construction has begun on the final phase of a riverfront park in Beacon, New York, to provide new amenities.

In a month’s time, there have been two near misses concerning the transport of hazardous materials through the Hudson Valley. One was a freight train derailment in Newburgh along the Hudson River. The other: a barge that ran aground in the Hudson River near Catskill. Following the Newburgh incident, the New York state comptroller penned a letter to the federal transportation secretary with his concerns.

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